Utilities for searching, navigation, and monitoring site activity
include utilities for navigating, searching and keeping up with site activity. Preferences can be configured by web or site-wide. You are currently in the TWiki
web. In particular, TWiki provides two highly configurable, automated site monitoring tools, WebNotify
, to email alerts when topics are edited, and WebStats
, to generate detailed activity reports.
WebNotify Recent Changes Alert
Each TWiki web has an automatic email alert service that sends a list of recent changes on a preset schedule, like once a day. Users can subscribe and unsubscribe using WebNotify
in each web. The Perl script
is called by a deamon in regular intervals. The script sends an automated email to subscribed users if topics were changed in a web within last interval.
Configuring Outgoing Mail
TWiki will use the
module in case it is installed on your system. You need to specify the
variable in TWikiPreferences
You can use an external mail program like
in case the
module is not installed. In this case specify the
Setting the Automatic Email Schedule
For Unix platforms:
table so that
is called in an interval of your choice. Please consult
of how to modify the table that schedules program execution at certain intervals. Example:
% crontab -e
15,45 * * * * (cd ~twiki/public_html/bin; ./mailnotify -q)
The above line will call mailnotify at 15 minutes and 45 minutes past every hour. The
switch suppresses all normal output.
For ISP installations:
Many ISPs don't allow hosted accounts direct cron access, as it's often used for things that can heavily load the server. Workaround scripts are available.
On Windows NT/2000:
You can use a scheduled task if you have administrative privileges.
AT on an NT machine is pretty limited.
Microsoft lists several third-party
(as of 2001-11-20, none of them free).
To check for the most recently edited topics while on-site, use the WebChanges
link, usually located on the upper toolbar. It lists the _
most recently modified, newest first, along with the first couple of lines of the page content.
WebStatistics Site Usage Log
You can generate a listing manually, or on an automated schedule, of visits to individual pages, on a per web basis. Compiled as a running total on a monthly basis. Includes totals for Topic Views, Topic Saves, Attachment Uploads, Most Popular Topics with number of views, and Top Contributors showing total of saves and attachment uploads. Previous months are saved.
Configuring for Automatic Operation
- You can automatically generate usage statistics for all webs. To enable this:
- Make sure variable
$doLogTopicView, $doLogTopicSave and $doLogTopicUpload in
TWiki.cfg are set. This will generate log entries in file
- The WebStatistics topic must be present in all webs where you want to have statistics. You can use the topic in the Main web as a template.
- Call the
twiki/bin/statistics script from a cron job, once a day is recommended. This will update the WebStatistics topics in all webs.
- Attention: The script must run as the same user as the CGI scripts are running, which is user
nobody on most systems. Example crontab entry:
0 0 * * * (cd /path/to/TWiki/bin; ./statistics >/dev/null 2>&1)
- There is a workaround in case you can't run the script as user
nobody : Run the utility
twiki/bin/geturl in your cron job and specify the URL of the
twiki/bin/statistics script as a parameter. Example:
0 0 * * * (cd /path/to/TWiki/bin; ./geturl mydomain.com /urlpath/to/TWiki/bin/statistics >/dev/null 2>&1)
Generating Statistics Manually by URL
twiki/bin/statistics script can also be executed as a CGI script, just enter the URL in your browser. Examples:
- Update current month for all webs:
- Update current month for Main web only:
- Update January 2000 for Main web:
is an extremely fast and flexible search facility, part of the core TWiki feature set. Options include:
- topic title or full-text search
- regular expressions
- search within web or site-wide
- index-style A-Z alphabetical listing sorted topic title
- many more
See also: TWikiVariables
for including hard-coded searches in text.
- 30 Nov 2001